About the Author

Susan Jimison Vitek

Susan Jimison Vitek

Susan Jimison Vitek is Executive Editor of Mind, Mood, & Memory, a monthly publication sponsored by Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston that focuses on the latest developments in mental health. Her regular interviews with outstanding Harvard researchers and medical experts have covered a variety of topics associated with the brain, including mood disorders such as depression, neurodegenerative diseases, aging, nutrition, mental stimulation, the brain benefits of exercise, and more. Jimison Vitek is an experienced journalist who has focused on health issues for a variety of publications, including major national newspapers. Over the years, her writing and editing career has encompassed projects ranging from reporting for national health agencies and pharmaceutical companies to authoring a diet book and documenting the progress of innovative programs for the New York City criminal justice and social service systems.

Articles by Susan Jimison Vitek

Serotonin: Vital Brain Chemical Affects Both Mood and Cognition

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Serotonin: Vital Brain Chemical Affects Both Mood and Cognition

The importance of the neurotransmitter serotonin in affecting mood has been widely acknowledged in numerous studies linking low brain levels of this key chemical with depression, anxiety, and irritability. Now, scientists are reporting another significant role the neurotransmitter plays in the brain—that of promoting memory and cognition.

Inadequate brain levels of

Train Your Brain with Memory Improvement Games

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Train Your Brain with Memory Improvement Games

Regularly engaging in memory improvement games—training exercises that help you practice specific cognitive abilities (e.g., attention or processing speed)—seems to protect against memory loss better than memory strategies alone. So as we get older, it’s important to keep our minds moving.

Memory Improvement: Games, Tips, Advice
Cognitive training exercises—including memory improvement games—include

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Memory Maximizers: Multitasking; Statins & AD Risk

Avoid Multitasking That Drains Your Brain
Trying to perform two or three demanding activities at once is not only stressful and inefficient, but it also drains the brain of energy, new research suggests. It turns out we only think we are performing multiple tasks at the same time. In fact, neuroscientists

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How Safe Are Sleeping Pills for the Brain?

More than half of adults surveyed by the National Sleep Foundation report spending several nights each week struggling with at least one symptom of insomnia—difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, waking too early in the morning, or a lack of restorative sleep that causes distress or dysfunction. Sleeping pills are